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at the university of maryland. peter, it's good to have you with us. >> nice to be here. >> what happens in june, though. we can all guess what might happen. what are the realities once the fed stops buying the treasury. >> we can expect mortgage rates to rise. that won't be good for what is already a quite weak housing market. on top of that, the economy has got a negative on it from higher gas prices, higher food prices. but this cut in social security tax compensates for that. well, come june with commodity prices continue to go rise, interest prices go up, that could slow the recovery. >> how can we compensate for this extra $75 billion that the fed was providing each month? with that going away, where are we going to get the cash infusion that's going to keep things in the economy that we bounce back to this level suspended at? >> well, we just can't invent that money. it's going to be to be tapped off other things. more competition for capital which means folks who want to buy a house will pay a higher interest rate. the brief recovery we had in prices is petering away. i think it really s
this the crusader enemy is significant. that's the same kind of technology that are used by groups like al qaeda, which is ironic considering that it is gadhafi that says that he is fighting against al qaeda. all day on libyan state television, we've been listening to rhetoric against the west, against the united states, against israel, how that this is a grand conspiracy organized by the united states and israel, that this is a new crusade and that is the language they are using to describe what they call the latest attack on a civilian area. >> pentagon is making it clear that the french are part of the coalition but they're not the attacks that the french made on that he has armored vehicles earlier today was not part of operation "odyssey dawn." it began when the american ships fired the targets . general mccaffrey, how far does this go in crippling gadhafi's ability to inflict violence against his people and against these armed rebels? >> almost no impact at all. i think it does have a psychological impact on the leadership, which i would hope might contribute to some of his support startin
off. so we continue to have a very desperate situation there and those u.s. officials coming in to try to help to see what they can do. meantime, the humanitarian crisis is widening. it is another very cold night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind condi
:00 in the east, 8:00 out west. >>> the u.s. military is calling the overnight military bombardment a success. admiral mullen says there is effectively a no-fly zone in place there's new criticism of the strikes by the head of the arab league, a group that called on the u.n. to take action initially. >> and moammar gadhafi issue -- gym meceda has been covering this live. i understand you having in initials on the aftermath? >> i do. first i'd like to mention -- we've been talking about how quiet it's been in these key areas lie misrata and other places. we understand there's fighting in the center of misrata. we were -- there are reports -- sources are saying it's pro-gadhafi forces that have entered the center again. it's a town they encircled about two weeks ago and have been founding mostly with artillery shells, but that had eased up. now it's happening again, obviously a violation of the u.n. security council resolution. in terms of benghazi, also important information coming out. that's that it looks like the pro-gadhafi forces have pulled back. it's impossible to saying from our perch
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at three mile island gave us the assurance that we were getting fact that is we needed in order to make key decisions. i don't care how good a decision-maker you are. if you don't have the right facts it's not going to prevail. >> sir, when you would -- as you're watching this, what is the advice that you would want to impart to japanese officials that are now having to assess this disaster? >> probably the key thing is just to keep pushing and in effect cross examining every possible source in order to get a reliable set of facts you can use to make decisions. there are involved technical questions here that you require the need of experts and obviously they have flooded the area with all kinds of expertise and advice. but it's when it comes to making difficult decisions like i'm sure the decision to evacuate was you've got to be sure that you've got a firm grip on precisely what's going on. >> for a lot of people watching this, they are reminded that there are 104 nuclear power plants in america. does the situation in japan change your perspective at all about nuclear energy and its uses
in tripoli as the air assault continues, there are questions and concerns about what role the u.s. will may in in the operations going forward. the pentagon insists the u.s. forces will have a limited role, but are not clarifying the mission. >> it is unwise to set a specific goal, things that you may or may not be able to chief. >> president obama's walking a political tight rope. focusing on his domestic agenda while facing questions about his decision to authorize force. >> we are answering the calls of a threatened people and we're acting in the interests of the united states and the world. >> it is distracting us from what's going on in bahrain, what's going on in syria where repressive governments are cracking down on peaceful dissent. >> and criticism from both sides of the aisle. leb rals led by dennis kucinich, jerrold nadler and maxine waters raise constitutional objections. conservatives said the president waited too long to act. >> i regret that we didn't act much more quickly, but that's not the point now. the point is let's get behind the effort. >> and then there's the questi
correspondent, he joins us now. >> well, thomas, it's bad, because it's out of control. there has not been a major radiation leak yet outside of the workers inside -- the government today set only one of the workers had receive what could be considered a medically significant amount of radiation. so there has yet to be any significant rad yags leak, according to the officials. the problem is at least 4 of the 6 reactors are out of control in some way or another, and they could explode or melt or release large amounts of radiation into the environment, and that's the big concern, particularly because the winds right now are blow i blowing from the north to the south. that means radiation could come down to the tokyo region. if there were a radiation leak, and again i emphasize it hasn't happened yet. no one can say the efforts of those 300 people will pay off and contain it before it does leak. >> and bob, for the health of those people, those that are working to contain this, as you mentioned they're the ones in harm's way. how long would it be before we know the full details. are we talki
-made guns across the border and for the unrelenting demand of illegal drugs in the u.s. the two countries are also at odds after a wikileaks release quoting u.s. officials quoting mexican's security agencies "corrupt and dysfunctional." publicly, the obama administration is putting a positive spin on the relationship. >> there exists an unprecedented level of cooperation between the u.s. and mexico. >> but when the two presidents go behind bars, tensions could rise over a recent interview in which president calderon called u.s. law enforcement agencies disorganized. and there will also be discussions about the growing number of americans caught in the cross fire of mexico's drug war, including u.s. immigration agent, jaime spatta, who was killed in an ambush along a highway 16 days ago. at his funeral last week, homeland department secretary, janet napolitano, promised to seek justice. >> we will not relent or let up or flinch in any way in our determination to see that those responsible for his death are held to account for their crimes. >> mexico is the u.s.'s largest trade partner, and
. >> thank you, jim, for that. >>> president obama says it's not always up to the u.s. to step in when there's turmoil overseas. but in a preview to his national address on monday, the president says the current crisis in libya demands america's attention. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like gadhafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize a national region, then it's in our national interest to act. >> nbc's mike viqueira is our national correspondent on alex. >> what prompted the president to speak out on monday? >> after criticism from the left and the right, democrats and republicans here in washington. the president is suffering from two perceptions here, alex. first, this came very suddenly. usually when americans start to see tomahawks flying off or airplanes in flight drops dropping smart bombs, it comes after weeks if not months of debate. there was no such -- there was no such action. secretary of state hillary clinton was i
employees. >>> breaking news overnight. u.s. and allied forces bomb libyan targets as "operation odyssey dawn" is under way. and moments ago, we got new word on the success of the campaign so far. >>> and new word from libya's leader this morning as well, as antiaircraft fire from gadhafi forces, they lit up the skies of tripoli throughout the night there. >>> the day's other big story, fallout from the japanese quake even a week after the tsunami. this new and frightening video is surfacing. the very latest from there in moments. good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." we begin with breaking news. >>> new word from the top u.s. military chief just moments ago. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news a no-fly zone is in effect in libya this morning after american and european forces rained down missiles on libya's defenses. the u.s. and britain unleashed 114 tomahawk cruise missiles targeting libyan surface-to-air sites as well as radar and communications centers. three american b-2 stealth bombers also dropped more than 40 bombs on libyan defenses. now, the goal of
at the white house for us right now. thank you. >> thank you. peter. >>> as republicans and democrats slug it out on capitol hill, one former member of the fray says that they both have it wrong, both sides have this all mixed up. former colorado senator gary hart offered his take on the huffingtonpost.com blog. thanks for your time. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> you think the solution isn't discussed right now. what are they doing wrong, and what do you believe is right way forward? >> well, i've argued that for quite a long time that the democratic party has to put forward a comprehensive new economic package, some of which president obama suggested that takes advantage of the one thing that america is superior at, and that's inonovation and invent sh "discovery" -- if we do that we provide refr news to reduce the budget deficit and people back back to work. >> back to long term fixes, you refer to the need of the government to stimulate a cascade of innovation. that would not be cheap, so the question is, how do we spur that innovation as the country is trying to recovery economically?
, if you will. and they are also looking at communications. revoke us immediately to come to the next press conference. this is where gadhafi's headquarters is. he didn't want to wait for the end of the warning to react. and that tells us that finally, perhaps, that the leader here is starting to take the time line very seriously. up until now, richard, there has been a total disconnect between the onslaught here and elsewhere. and the government's alleged compliance with the resolution and their own it has been sur real to listen to the foreign minister tell us that all of the military operations have stopped. who are either creating these instances. forces saying we have to obviously defend ourselves. perhaps that phase of this now has ended, perhaps a less sur real face. >> you have been following the developments so far. we have that statement. you have more for us now. >> i think it's important to note. it's a significant moment here. >> the united states is participating through nato and other auspices announced by another head of state, not the president of the united states. who is
evacuated after the cooling system failed. power warnings in south america, alaska and the entire u.s. west coastline. waves standing@least 3 feet high slammed hawaii where residents are evacuated from the low-lying coastal areas. the navy is marshalling forces in response to the disaster. the chief pentagon correspondent and joins us this morning how are they responding to this as we continue to watch the death toll rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in tha
and washington next. good morning. i'm alex witt. thank you for watching us this morning. >>> the u.s. military is calling an overnate aerial bombardment a success. admiral mike mullen says there is effect tiff a no-fly zone in place in libya after 110 cruise missiles slammed anti-aircraft units and command posts. russia says the strikes are killing civilians. and embattled leader moammar gadhafi had a audio address, saying libya was arming its citizens to fight bank. >>> jim , let's get the latest n how things are on the ground there? what are you seeing? >> good morning, alex. as mill tier experts assess just how much -- he's made it quite clear that he's going nowhere. u.s. cruise missiles fire toward the mediterranean coast "operation odyssey dawn" was under way. the targets sophisticated systems that could knock out planes enforcing a no-fly zone. according to the pentagon, at least 20 such sites were hit, many near the capital of tripoli. where tracer and anti-aircraft fire sprayed the night skies defending against the sounds of planes and explosions. by daylight, tripoli was calm, but li
. thank you for joining us on our extended coverage of "msnbc sunday." there are new developments this hour in libya. just a short time ago there we learned of reports of at least six new explosions heard in the libyan capital of tripoli suggesting another -- a new round of air strikes from coalition forces. this right now is a live shot of the tripoli skyline as you can see after dark there. much in the raft fire has been last 15, 20 minute. nbc's chief correspondent richard engel is live in benghazi right now. richard, i know you're a safe distance from there, but if you can give us a sense of what you know about the newly intensified fighting happening in tripoli. >> reporter: i know very little about what's going on in tripoli right now. i just came back from the eastern front here in rebel controlled eastern libya, and over the last 24 hours, gadhafi's forces throughout this area have effectively collapsed, and it started out in ajdabiya yesterday when the troops that were in ajdabiya were destroyed by the air -- by western air strikes, and today we could see just the extent
the commerce secretary gary locke as the next u.s. ambassador to china. if confirmed by the senate he would succeed john huntsman who has been toying with a potential presidential run against obama. locke is the first chinese-american commerce secretary and working to improve u.s. trade relations with beijing. >>> we check in with nbc's mike viqueira joining us live from the white house. interesting to watch the president talk about locke and his background, also being the grandson of a chinese immigrant and how quickly in just a couple of generations he's moved into the american culture now taking on such an important job for what president obama considers such a great relationship with china. >> reporter: it is and it is a compelling personal narrative and the sort of thing that presidents love to tell as they make these appointments. keep in mind as ambassador to china he is subject to confirmation by the senate. as of yet we don't see any stumbling blocks but you know the state of politics at now you never know what's going to come up. speaking of partisan politics another former govern
. >>> in chile, president obama tried to clarify. >> it is u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> senators on both sides of the aisle are concerned about the end game. >> if we are going into a war with libya, we should declare war on libya. we should pull together with our allies and try to figure out a plan of how that war is to be won. >> we do not have a clear diplomatic policy or a clear statement of foreign policy that is accompanying this military operation. >> there is a growing rift in the coalition over who should be in control. >> no apparent cooperation. some people want to turn it over to nato, the maiamericans and t brits. >> french president ruffled feathers by announcing publicly that french fighters were in the air before his international counterparts were briefed. whoever is in control, arizona republican senator john mccain says, there is only one way to end it. >> a stalemate is a very, very badout come. american policy is that gadhafi must go. >>> a naval facility was hit overnight east of tripoli. robert gates is in moscow. gates says gadhafi is misleading the russia
from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capable of carrying all manner of aid or equipment. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes along the northeast coast. the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along that battered coastline. and found isolated communities of survivors. >> we found essentially hundreds of people. 100 at this place, 200 at this place, 300 at this place. it's just a matter of getting them out. just like you see anywhere, they don't want to leave their home and family. >> it sounds like a lot of people, we're finding a lot of different groups. the japanese have been very well organized. a lot of firefighters, military helping people out. >> they need water, they need medicine, blankets. the practical stuff. is that what you're finding? >> yes, sir. >> the message from the u.s. side is that they
are looking live at the u.s. senate where they are taking up the continuing resolution for the budget. this would give congress and the white house this two-week reprieve to come to an agreement on a budget going forward. we are going to keep an eye own this in anticipation of a vote. mike viqueira is there with the latest on the battle. doesn't this kick the can down the road? i mean circle march 18 and do it all again then. >> reporter: the president is due for an overseas trip on that day. a lot of things are coming to a head. interesting aspects about the debate. this is going to be the shutdown on march 4th to fund the government. they agreed on a two-week measure. there are a significant number of cuts. not as controversial as the cuts passed earlier. they are going to kick the can down the road. what's interesting is first of all, the premise for this debate, this conversation is there are going to be cuts in government spending. democrats and republicans getting the message loud and clear from the voters in november. the question is where to cut and how much to cut. republican
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the government for two more weeks which takes us to march 18th, and then we are right back where we started with the contentious battles between republicans and democrats. one thing that we did learn today, harry reid, the senate majority leader, just had a news conference after that vote and he announced that vice president joe biden is going to inject himself into the process, and he will be conducting meetings with republicans and democrats to try to find the middle ground on the negotiations. right now they are about $60 billion apart on the ideal. and it is a fundamental battle in congress and nose in the republican ranks and especially those from the far right want a lot of cuts and what democrats call extreme cuts. on the left, harry reid has to deal with the liberals who say don't cut too much. the democrats feel that some of the cuts will hurt job growth and job creation. so that is what joe biden has in store for him. now, let's not forget it was joe biden who last year behind the scenes was working with republicans and democrats to find a way to get an agreement on a tax cut prop
with the rising gas prices here at home. on "meet the press" president obama's chief of staff said the u.s. might consider tapping the strategic oil reserves to help ease the pain at the pump. let's listen. >> the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done in -- has been done in very rare occasions. there's a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. >> but it's on the table, which i think is a significant development. >> well, all matters have to be on the table when you go through -- when you see the difficulty coming out of this economic crisis we're in and the fragility of it. >> let's bring in nbc whout correspondent mike viqueira. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning, alex p. >> hearing what mr. daley has to say from the white house perspective, does that idea have support in congress? >> reporter: it sure does. bill daley put his finger on the button. the price of gas according to aaa this very morning in their running average across the country, alex, $3.50 a gallon. that's up 15 cents in the last week alone. 39 cents in the last month. an
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citizens to leave the capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially people are asking here, and it's a very individual kind of answer. three separate families came out of the embassy in the hour that i was standing there. all of them said they were considering leaving. when i talked to james wright, who was there with his wife, his 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old twins, he was getting the twins' passports so that if they decided to leave, they could. how would he make that decision? here's what he told me. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, it depends on how the wind blows, actually. >> reporter: literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, t
with urge see. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with nato allies in paris. she says the u.s. will not waver in its efforts to assist libyan civilians and enforce the security council resolution as gadhafi forces continue to defy calls for a cease-fire. >> the realty on the ground tells a very different story. colonel gadhafi continues to defy the world. his attacks on civilians go on. we will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold this. i'm richard lui live in new york. reports this hour, french defense officials saying french fighter jets have fired on libyan military vehicles, that's what we understand now. we're just getting that in. meanwhile, secretary of state clinton saying that military action to enforce a security council resolution on libya has just begun. an intense aerial operation will soon start in libya. jim maceda is live in the stronghold of tripoli. jim? >> reporter: hi there, richard. yes, you just m
remain, can the u.s. realistically try terror suspects and close down the prison at the same time. richard wolffe is at the white house with the latest on this. let's start with why the reversal on the president's position here. >> reporter: well, this reversal has been in the work x for a couple of years now and it starts up with the politics of it. they turned against this president early in his term when democrats joined with republicans to cut off funding to transfer prisoners to a high security prison likely to be illinois, but once the politics changed and we saw it with the recent defense spending bill there was no physical way or a practical way they could really close down guantanamo bay because, remember, the other disappointment for them other countries around the world have not taken as many detainees as the incoming president thought he would be able to convince them to take. and lastly, the president's fundamental judgment has changed. his commitment to civil liberties has come up in a clash with his commitment to national security and national security has won out.
the u.s. mission there. >>> what could be a boost for amanda knox and her push to clear her name. we have a live report from italy coming up. >>> also the high priced minisere seres on the kennedys that almost did not make air. and good morning, everyone. welcome to msnbc saturday where it is 10:00 a.m. on the east coast and 7:00 a.m. on the west. we have breaking news where the rebels recapture a city in the east. sell brags interrupted after rebels forced gadhafi's forces to retreat there. a government tank shelled and they have snipers on the roof p rooftops. jim is following everything for us from the capital city of tripoli. first can you talk about a horrific incident at your hotel this morning? >> yes, that's right. the hotel staff here -- that kind of snashed today, but this woman came screaming into our breakfast hall area. she said that she had been arrested at check point in tripoli. she was -- drunken security guards, gadhafi's people where she said she was raped a number of times by 15 men over a two day period. journalists were trying to get to her, to sit down. camera
supply. and in libya, a rebel plane crashes. you're seeing it there. this is the u.s. and its allies. is the u.s. on the brink of another war. >> it's 10:00 a.m. right on the nose. we have new details this morning on the extext of the radiation leak. the japanese government says spinach and milk exceed safety limits for radiation. officials were quick to add that food poses no immediate health risk. japanese officials say that the radio active iodine has been detected in drinking water for tokyo and five other areas. emergency crews are trying to restore power to six reactors. officials hope to connect more of the reactors today to try to get the cooling systems back online. and more numbers on the extent of the tragedy. more than 7300 people are confirmed dead and nearly 11,000 remain missing. robert, another good day to you. what's the latest you are hearing about the contaminated milk and spinach and iodine detected in drinking water? tokyo, where you are? >> reporter: alex, i have not been able to confirm the radio active water here in tokyo. there were reports about radio active
. the president talks about the operation in libya. do we hear more about the u.s. mission there? >>> the winter that would not quit. in some parts of the country, more snow and one spot nearing a spectacular record. >>> look out below. some harrowing moments for one skier who captures his ordeal on the ski slopes on camera. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc saturday." breaking news from the front lines in libya rebels have won a major battle this morning, pushing west from benghazi, maintained control of ajdabiya. allied jets made the difference in ending the week-long battle with government forces. this is a brit tissue jet on friday bombing tanks shelling the city from the outskirts. we are in tripoli. good morning, john. i understand you have information about a disturbing incident at a hotel that's housing the international media. can you tell us what happened? >> reporter: that's right. it is a disturbing incident over breakfast. we are pretty well guarded by gadhafi security forces here. they won't let us out. but somehow this morning, a woman, her name is iman
tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> disaster relief from america and some 70 countries is pouring into japan, in addition to arriving with supplies, u.s. rescue teams are on the ground to search for survivors. joining me is msnbc contributor richard wolfe. we know that the white house was very quick to throw its condolenceses and also its full weight and strength to help out japan. wh what's the latest on how the white house is keeping close tabs on the growing situation? >> reporter: we heard the president talking this morning about the offer he made to the japanese prime minister for any assistance and need they need as well as the expressions of deep condolences for the loss of life. but the kind of technical expertise that has been offered in the first instance has been fairly limited. a couple of world-renowned search and rescue teams, most especially the nuclear expertise that has come from the united states as well, with a team in tokyo, some nuclear experts, of course, the secretary of energy is a nuclear physicist and noble prize winner in his own right as well. so there
in japan. a little more than an hour ago the first waves hit the u.s. mainland. let's take you back to santa cruz, california. kntv. you can see here's a boat that the waves have knocked up out of its dock or out its slip in the marina and on to the dock. we just saw a moment ago a capsized boat. this is part of those after effects from the waves coming through that pacific tsunami that's hit. natalie swavy of king of the hf in west port, washington. what are you seeing in terms of the effects of the tsunami and the quake in japan? >> well, so far, we haven't seen much. still watch and wait here. i got off the phone with a spokesperson with the emergency management department telling us that they're going to be meeting here shortly to discuss where to go from here so see if it needs to be downgraded or concerns to watch out. want to show you what's happening here. we're watching this all morning long. people parked in the cars watching the ocean, waiting to see what's going to happen. here is how things worked here. it was 7:10 a.m. that we had the first anticipated arrival of a tsu
us to come in. the gulf states, the gcc, asked us to come in. the opposition has pleaded with the international community to help prevent the slaughter. i think it would be unconscionable in the face of the first time the arab league and the gulf states are turning to the world for help in order to move toward greater enfranchisement of their people for the united states to move away. that would be a denial of everything we supported in egypt, everything we've supported in tunisia, everything we support every single day with respect to democracy and freedom. >> senator sessions, i want to ask one other question before i get your views. senator sessions, should the president have consulted and sought authorization from congress for this action? >> i'm not sure he needed to have done that, but i think we could have been better briefed on it. senator levin i know and i'm sure senator mccain and kerry and lugar have gotten more briefings than the average member of the senate and house have gotten. but it is a factor that we know that the president has to be in contact with co
pulling water out of their basement for the last few days. >> we have meteorolgist live here with us to talk about what's neck. >> this is just a one-two punch. the snow melt and heavy rain last weekend. flooding from that and now a little bit of a break and now we are getting the torrential rain. the rivers have not had time to recede enough. the little boxes are all counties under river flood warnings. all around indianapolis, down along the mississippi river. flash flooding just north of the memphis area. the other areas, those are flash flood watches or flood watches. those cover 15 states. this is a significant flooding event this is typical spring flooding you get this time of year. the green on this map is the radar and rain. the yellow is where we are getting thunderstorms. from pittsburgh south wards right through ki kwi through the memphis and nashville area is where we are seeing the heaviest rain. the drive from memphis to nashville, a lot of hefy rain and nashville is getting a good soaking. we got rainfall moving through cleveland. and we're going to get drenched as we
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and around the world. there are arguments about the quality of information and disagreements among u.s. and japanese engineers how to proceed, even though it is japan's reactors. >> when we talk about the fact they changed the level from 4 to 5, what goes onto the science and reasoning behind why they felt they needed to raise this level? >> it's simple. three-mile island, i would say this is worse of three-mile island. three-mile island released almost no radiation. three-mile island was bad because it was only caught at the last minute before there was a huge melting of the core of the reactor. the definition of the levels, it doesn't just affect the reactor but affects the surrounding areas with bits of radiation being found japan in miniscule amounts in the plume across the pacific ocean. >> bob bazell, thank you very much. this situation becoming dire. explain if the fuel rods in one or more of the reactors have, in fact, been exposed, what does that mean? can they still be cooled down to safe levels? >> let me take the second question first. if the spent fuel pools are intact and
the humanitarian crisis, protect civilians on the ground from moammar gadhafi's forces, but the u.s. position is to have moammar gadhafi leave. secretary of state hillary clinton who and on "meet the press" with gates had the following to say on that score. >> we will provide a very clear messe gaafute' soenng msapear do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> reporter: so again, alex, the president is here in washington at the white house over the course of this weekend preparing for that address tomorrow 7:30 eastern time here in washington. >> mike viqueira at the white house, we'll see you again. msnbc will have live coverage of the presidential address tomorrow evening 7:30 eerng time. >>> let's go to the situation on the ground where rebel forces are breezing through cities held by gadhafi forces as recently as yesterday. the rebels now hold the oil towns of ras lanuf and are pushing westward, a bit closer to tripoli. let's go live to tripoli and jim maceda. the rebels are not facing too muc
" is in full swing. military officials are assessing the damage right now after u.s. and military forces launched air strikes on libya overnight to enforce a no-fly zone. it's a look at what's going on today along a street edgic road outside of benghazi. the arab league is criticizing those strikes saying they went beyond what the league supported and are killing innocent people. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mullen told david gregory on "meet the press" he has seen no civilian casualties. >> gadhafi has put in human shields as well as created or said that we have generated civilian casualties. i just haven't seen that. >> nbc's jim maceda joins me from tripoli. in terms of civilian casualties, is that the message that's being out there that this coalition is responsible for that? >> reporter: yes, that's the short answer. it is out there. there is a lot of buzz. we woopt expect anything different from libyan state media. there have been clips of dead bodies are seriously wounded people. we don't know if they are civilians or soldiers. you cannot tell and you cann't indep
1 and 3, but they are using sea water. what's your reaction to hearing that seawater is being used to try to cool and keep these raek t -- reactors contained? >> this is a kind of hail mary pass, not anything anyone has suggested before. the reactors weren't designed for saltwater to be used in them. we are in an area that speaks to the dramatic urgency of the situation. when the japanese government says we are facing a partial meltdown, that's grim. >> damon, as i understand it if the rods melt together the material will burn through into a concrete casement. shouldn't that contain it then? >> well, it's very difficult to know. we don't know what's going on inside the reactor. in both reactors, some of the fuel has probably already started to melt. that's why we are calling it a partial meltdown already. if what were to happen is the temperature continues to build and the steam is built up in the reactor and we have an explosion like the kind of explosion we had yesterday, what you can have is a situation where you have less water in the reactor, more melting and that leads to the
conclusion about how bad the situation is, but u.s. officials have. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high. >> the japanese government ordered evacuations in a 12-mile radius from the plant and it's told people in a 19-mile radius to stay indoors. but the u.s. government wants americans within a 50-mile radius to leave. but north of fukushima, masses of people are trapped, stuck in towns devastated by the tsunami. the town of kesennuma is more than 130 miles north of the plant. american paul fails arrived there from michigan the day of the quake. he ended up trapped in the city and volunteering in relief efforts. >> i just kind of want to stay here, really, to ride the wave out and to help people if they need help with anything. everyone's been so nice and everything, and they made sure like, are you okay? are you okay? >> let's head right to tokyo right now and nbc news chief science and health correspondent robert bazell is standing by live. bob, where do we stand with the radiation threat? >> reporter: well, the radiation threat remains ominous. it's something that no
clear whether that was in reaction to this no fly zone or whether it was the usual tactic used by pro gadhafi forces to punch in and then retreat only to go forward again and engage the rebels. french planes as we said are now in place. the question now is how will moammar gadhafi react to what is clearly a new chapter in this developing situation? i'm jim maceda, nbc news, reporting from tripoli. now back to you. >> and a reporter with britain's channel 4 is in libya and is on the phone with us. lindsay, have you seen any indication of the international forces from your perspective? >> reporter: not where i am in the furthest eastern city still held by the rebels. what i have seen is people desperately praying for that international intervention because they say that is really their greatest hope because they know colonel gadhafi's forces have been attacking the city of benghazi not too far from here all day and they say he will stop at nothing. >> and we have video actually of the rebels in benghazi earlier today cheering as they got the news that the international forces were getti
there. and gadhafi forces have been seen retreating about 50 miles to that oil port. the u.s. says they plan to continue striking unless he pulls back. this is a huge moral boost for the rebels who now say all the way to tripoli. for the first time in weeks, forces are moving backwards. it is very difficult work. shelled repeatedly by snipers. fires killed at least 115 people including some people and children. >> thank you very much for the live report. government protestors appear to have seized there. we are joined by ron allen. ron is tracking the new developments this morning for us in syria, jordan and all of the hot spots what is unfolding right now? good morning to you, ron? >> reporter: it's a day when the dust is settling here after violent protest. the first time that has happened in many months of lower level protesting here in jordan. that is what was so stunning. at least two people were dead and hundreds wounded. >> as thousands of syrians took to the streets again. a truck down. the security forces, more than 50 people killed. in the town. the uprising. video posted
. and the fragility of it. >> msnbc's richard wolf is at the white house for us this morning. so, richard, how afraid is the white house that three straight months of this good economic news is actually going to hit the brakes because of these prices? >> well, they're always afraid that growth could stutter, as it has before. but not because of oil prices. there's not a huge amount of concern here. that's partly because they're looking at global production capacity. and that really means, to you and me, people like the saudi arabian producers who have historically kept some capacity for situations like this. there's a lot of volatility in the region because of revolutions and that's what the prices are reacting to. i think if we get up another $20 on oil prices maybe that concern will be different. right now they have other concerns, and they're trying to, maybe because they've been through worse, trying to stay on track for where they currently are. >> has there been much of a republican reaction to bill daley's comments from "meet the press"? >> you know, the reaction, the loudest reaction i've see
>>> two big stories developing at this hour in libya. more fighting overnight as the u.s. and its allies meet on whether to take military action. it could happen as soon as today. >>> in japan, more fallout from the growing disaster. now there's a new threat to those who live near the nuclear reactors. we will have a live report. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. dramatic twists on the ground in libya and the threat of international military action. it is rapidliesque lating. this morning, shelling has been reported at the rebel stronghold of benghazi despite a cease fire gadhafi ordered on friday. renls say they shot down a pro-gadhafi fighter jet. in paris, a crisis meeting will begin shortly to detail what kind of military action the international community may take. action could begin within hours of this meeting. we have a live report from the region. >>> we have big news from japan this morning. workers are making progress as they frant ickically attempt to rebuild power lines to the reactors and hope to re-establish power at the fukushima daiichi sometime today but eve
a chance to hear president obama himself talk about the u.s. mission in libya. that's tomorrow night in a prime time speech to the nation. on "meet the press" this morning, defense secretary robert gates spoke to david gregory about how long this mission might last. >> i think we have to a large extent completed the mill mare mission in terms of getting it set up. now the no-fly zone and even the humanitarian side will have to be sustained for some period of time. >> nbc's mike viquiera joins us live from the white house. mike, i want a better sense of what else we're hear fing from e administration about the situation in labia. what are they telling us we can expect to hear last night? >> reporter: beginning yesterday with the weekly address, it concerned libya, of course. today when secretaries gates and clinton appeared on a couple of sunday shows, you see the white house starting to push back against criticism that their message has been muddled and that there are contradictions in the mission and trying to clarify the biggest question of all -- what is the end game here, what wo
, particularly if the u.s. would have been involved, we would have seen cad's forces melt away -- gadhafi's forces melt away. nobody wants to die for him particularly. and now that the offense sieve coming close to victory, it may not be enough. in which case even if you're using air power to strike ground targets, you have to go in low. you have to take out the air defense side. you have a wider war without putting a single boot on the ground. but if that doesn't work, if the gadhafi forces don't retreat which is what the president said he had to do, now what? how do you force him out? how do you force him back? how do you kill him in pat's terms without putting american troops as well as others, one would hope, on the ground to see to it? i don't know the answer. i don't see how you do it from the air alone. >> karen, dan, as well as pat, stands -- stand by. jim maceda is on the ground watching what we've been talking about and what was confirmed by president sarkozy, and that is that sorties began three our four hours ago. jim, what are you seeing now? >> reporter: well, from our perch
. this is "msnbc sunday." thanks for joining us. >>> at this hour, a massive, violent weather system is heading up the east coast after spawning tornadoes in the south and major flooding in the midwest. one of the tornadoes in louisiana killed a young mother who was shielding her child. the twisters damaged some 100 homes, and the weather channel's julie martin has more. >> reporter: at least three tornadoes ripped through an area 50 miles west of baton rouge, louisiana, saturday morning, injuring 12 and killing 1. 60 homes were destroyed. in crowley, three high school students suffered minor injuries at a waffle house when the window was blown out by a tornado. but the most serious damage wasn't rain. >> down the street there, there's a house that has something that went through the roof, it looks like. and o'riley's, their roof is gone, almost completely shattered. >> they suffered extensive damage to the northern part of the town. >> reporter: police evacuated thousands due to ruptured gas pipes. >> there's a number of houses and businesses that are down and/or damaged. >> reporter: tornado wat
is at the white house. jim, let's begin with you in the pentagon now. what is the u.s. military saying about the report that a french jet attacked and destroyed a libyan aircraft? >> well, there were all sorts of conflicting reports from the beginning after a french pilot radioed in to the command aboard the mt. whitney, the u.s. command ship out there in the mediterranean that he had shot down a libyan war plane. at the time, u.s. officials said they could not confirm it and continued to check, but subsequently, it turns out, and again, these are still conflicting reports, that apparently this french pilot shot a libyan airplane of some kind, whether it was a war plenty, whether it was a air,r enivia ple,has tve e, it landed at misratah or was already on the ground. now, of course, what made the first reports very significant is that would have been the first libyan aircraft, military, that would have challenged this no-fly zone. because not a single helicopter or libyan war plane has been in the sky since the u.s. and coalition war planes started to enforce that no-fly zone. but also, beca
taking brega. brega, by the way, is much further from us, not to give the wrong impression. it's not 100 miles, it's more like 400 miles to the east. that said, it is the unit of the rebels with the help from air strikes really is moving quickly. it's already, we understand, taken ras lanuf again without a fight. it's moved to the west of ras lanuf a number of miles, perhaps 10 or 20 miles, where it has now set up a checkpoint. these are both very important oil and natural gas ports. and again, they did so without a fight because nato air strik strikes -- tanks, artillery and his ammunition stores amongst those forces that were retreating -- [ inaudible ] -- that the rebel forces have now moved along that front line at least 120 miles in 24 hours. and the last time i can recall reporting such a surge along that paved coastal road was two weeks ago when it was gadhafi's forces who were pushing the rebels back eastwards, in just the opposite direction. they had more powerful weapons, they had an air force. but now because of these air strikes, we're looking at a much weakened gadhafi force
affected areas so, we traveled adds far north as a helicopter could take us. then a further two-hour drive brought us to sendai, the closest city of the epicenter of friday's huge quake. and this. the muddied and shattered remains of homes and vehicles swept away by a tsunami that here reached around two miles inland, destroying just about everything in its path. one of the worst affected areas, this industrial and housing zone around the airport. >> this is the parking lot of the sendai flying school. now amid the wrecked cars sits this training aircraft, dumped here by the wave, set from the hangar over the back there. soldiers and rescue workers scoured the area from the ground and in the air. the authorities say they found 300 bodies in just one area close to here. we found desperate relatives searching for missing family members. this couple looking for a sister. while others struggle to navigate around the neighborhood brutally reshaped by the force of nature. the grounds fallen by two feet after this man warned. you can't go that way? there's no power, no water, and what few shops r
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